Where Did the Name Pansy O’Hara From the Book Gone With The Wind Come From?

Margaret Mitchell was a first-time writer when in 1936 she submitted a manuscript of Civil War stories told to her by her grandfather.

The title of the manuscript was “Tomorrow Is Another Day”, featuring a Southern belle character named Pansy O’Hara.

The publisher convinced her to change the book’s name to Gone With The Wind.

The title of the book was taken from a line from a nineteenth-century poem by Ernest Dowson, and, after a bitter argument, “Pansy” was changed to “Scarlett.”

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